recreation.
For teenagers, one of the most significant losses as a result of a substance use disorder is the ability to simply have fun. As part of the recovery process, many of our students have to retrain their brains to find pleasure in typical, everyday experiences. To give students practice, we devote a significant amount of time each week to organized, purposeful recreation.
Because we're in the heart of Asheville, we can easily plug students into a broad range of activities, and because we're a small program, we are able to adjust our scheduled offerings in response to the interests of our population at any given time. Among other things, our students can enjoy:
  • taking music lessons and performing at local venues​
  • boarding and riding at neighborhood skate parks
  • hiking and backpacking in surrounding forests
While we want students to stay busy, we also understand the value of unstructured time. We build that time into each day so students can develop relationships with peers, explore their own interests and create their own fun in a safe, supportive environment. During downtime, students have access to musical instruments, board games, basketball, volleyball, books and art supplies. They are also welcome to simply hang out and enjoy each other's company.

The Goodale School team is happy to speak with you to determine if our program is the right fit for your son or client. For information, please contact Stacy Barnard, Director of Admissions and Marketing at (828) 220-0040, ext. 2240 or email Stacy.Barnard@GoodaleSchool.org.

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The Goodale School is affiliated with Monarch, a leading statewide provider of services to thousands of people with mental illness, substance use disorders and intellectual and developmental disabilities in North Carolina. The organization is nationally accredited by The Joint Commission.
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